Annual Financial Statements for the year
ended 31 December 2009

 
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Highlights

REVENUE

Up 10% to R23.4 bn

OPERATING PROFIT

of R12.9 bn

SISHEN MINE UNIT CASH COST

down 4% (in real terms)

HEADLINE EARNINGS

R7.0 billion or R21.82 per share

TOTAL DIVIDEND

R14.60 per share

SISHEN SOUTH ARBITRATION

Favourable award

Kumba delivered an exceptional operational and sales performance in 2009 with substantial increases in mining, production and export sales volumes and strong cash flows driven by an increase in export revenues and tight cost management, notwithstanding the backdrop of global economic recession. Kumba’s revenue increased by 10% to R23.4 billion on the back of a 37% increase in export sales volumes driven by strong demand from China, though tempered by lower export volumes to Europe and Japan. Despite starting the year with concerns over the visibility and sustainability of export sales, the group increased revenue through higher export sales volumes which was mostly offset by the 40% reduction in benchmark iron ore export prices resulting in a 5% decrease in operating profit. Through focused cost management and a 16% increase in production, mainly from the Jig plant, the small increase in Sishen Mine’s unit cash cost on a like-for-like basis was well below inflationary cost escalations. Sishen Mine’s unit cash cost for 2009 was R98.83 (US$11.78) per tonne compared to R96.53 (US$11.70) per tonne at the end of 2008.

A favourable award was received in the arbitration with ArcelorMittal SA Limited (‘ArcelorMittal’) and it has been determined that ArcelorMittal is not entitled to participate in the development of the Sishen South project (‘Kolomela Mine’) currently under construction. This should result in significant value in the form of profit preservation for the group.

 

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